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Two Charged with July 2015 Murder in Eatontown

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – Police have charged two men in connection with a July, 2015 murder in Eatontown.    The arrests are the result of a joint investigation between the Eatontown Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which begun on July 10, 2015 and continued over the course of almost a year and a half, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On July 10, 2015, at approximately 12:13 a.m., Eatontown Police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road based upon shots being fired.  Upon response, police located the victim, Rasheem Palmer, 37, of Eatontown, who was located lying in the roadway on Country Club Road.  Police quickly determined that the victim had been shot and contacted emergency medical services, who arrived shortly thereafter.  The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center; where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

As a result of this joint investigation, Frederick Reed, 20 of New Castle, Delaware and Perry Veney, 30 of Long Branch, New Jersey were charged with first degree Murder and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Veney was also charged with second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon.  

If convicted of first degree Murder, Reed and Veney face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole.   Veney also faces a maximum sentence of ten years in State Prison if convicted of the Certain Persons not to have a Weapon charge, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of five years without parole.

Frederick Reed was taken into custody on December 28, 2016 in Delaware and is currently being held in a local correctional institution while he awaits extradition back to New Jersey.   Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy set Reed’s bail at $1.1 million, cash only. 

Veney turned himself in to police on December 30, 2016 and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.  Veney’s bail was set at 1.2 million, cash only, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.


Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian Church Welcomes Area Residents to 2017 Kickoff

ah first presbyterian churchATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Area residents, particularly those looking for a church, are invited to join the members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands for the church’s New Year Day hymn-sing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 — and thereafter.

The service kicking off the New Year at the nearly 127-year-old church New Year, will honor St. Stephen, the First Martyr, and will feature Scripture readings from Isaiah 63:7-9 and Matthew 2:13-23.”

Elder Ray Carroll will conduct the service while Elder Barbara Stone will serve as the liturgist.

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

Hymns scheduled for the Jan. 1 service are “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel,” ‘What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright,” “He Came Down,” “Let the Whole Creation Cry,” “Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” The holiday hymn-sing will be held in lieu of a sermon normally offered by Pastor Paul F. Rack, who is away over the New Year’s holiday.

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, the church will resume its weekly “Bible by the Bay” Bible Study program, conducted by Reverend Rack, at Sissy’s Restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor, to which all area residents at invited.

Rack, will return to the pulpit for the 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 service at the 126-year-old church at Third and East Highland Avenues. At 12:30 p.m., all area residents are invited to join the church as it marks “The Great Blessing of the Waters” on the beach to the west of the Municipal Marina.

Child care and Sunday School are offered during all 11 a.m. worship services.

Solutions to Sugar Cravings Offered at AH Library

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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Just in time for the post holiday season, Francesca Locicero is presenting Seven Solutions to Sugar Cravings at the Monmouth County Library, the Atlantic Highlands Branch, 100 First Ave. Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m.

A graduate of The American College of Sports and Medicine and the Holistic MBA Institute for Health Coaching; Locicero is a personal trainer and nutritionist as well as a Boot camp and Strength training instructor, with specific certifications  in knee, back and special populations with 18 years experience.

During her talk at the local library, Locicero will speak on the reasons behind crabbing sugar at certain times, getting cravings under control and what works and doesn’t work towards achieving that goal. She will highlight how the way people eat and in what frame of mind they eat impact how the food is processed in the body.

The program will also allow for a question and answer period at the end of the talk.

There is no charge and no reservations necessary for the program.  For further information or to see all the programs offered by the Monmouth County Library at all of its 13 branches and headquarters, visit or contact the Atlantic Highlands Library at 732-291-1956.


Dead Dolphin Found in Sandy Hook Bay

dolphins 1BRIGANTINE, NJ – A lone dolphin which spent time this year in the Shrewsbury River was discovered dead in Sandy Hook Bay, according to Mike Kapp, a Field Stranding Technician at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

“As of now we cannot confirm species of this dolphin but we do believe it to be the lone dolphin that has spent most of the summer and all of fall in the Shrewsbury River,” Mr. Kapp said. Continue reading Dead Dolphin Found in Sandy Hook Bay

RBR Takes Away Seven Medals in Family Career Community Leaders of America State Conference

rbr family career community leaders americaPictured above with their teacher Sue Eads, are the RBR students who competed in the 2016 FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference.  They are (left to right) standing with Ms. Eads: Tessa Listo, Little Silver; Karyssa Ellis, Union Beach; Jenna Holly, Shrewsbury; Molly O’Mara, Shrewsbury; Abby Beebrick, Shrewsbury; Sophie Pauso, Shrewsbury; Summer Smith, Little Silver; Claire Lynch, Shrewsbury; CeCi McCormick, Bradley Beach; Isabel Nalbandian, Red Bank; (kneeling) Allie Van Orden, Union Beach; Ashley Lemmon, Bradley Beach; Lauren Beebrick, Shrewsbury; Lauren Keale, Shrewsbury; Megan Dingelstedt, Shrewsbury.  The students earned two gold, two silver and three bronze awards in six categories. They are holding the banner that brought them bronze medal in the competition. Continue reading RBR Takes Away Seven Medals in Family Career Community Leaders of America State Conference

Governor Chris Christie Celebrates Hanukkah

christie menorah lightingTRENTON, NJ – Governor Chris Christie celebrates Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah in the outer office with Rabbi Steve Pruzansky, New Jersey Israel Commission Chairman Mark Levenson, Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York Amir Sagie, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, and Rabbi Mendy Carlebach in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

“Peek Under The Petticoat” Event at MCHA Museum

mcha petticoatFREEHOLD, NJ – On Wednesday, January 11, Bernadette Rogoff, Consulting Curator, will be dressing a mannequin included our exhibition Hartshorne: Eight Generations and Their Highlands Estate Called Portland located at the Museum on 70 Court St.

The garments to be exhibited are from the wardrobe of Julia Norton Hartshorne (1838-1869), who died tragically in 1869 at the age of thirty.

Continue reading “Peek Under The Petticoat” Event at MCHA Museum

Structure Fire in the North Middletown Section of Middletown

mtfd 451 port monmouth roadMIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 6:03 PM on Wednesday December 28, 2016 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “structure fire” at 451 Port Monmouth Road in the North Middletown section of the Township. The resident returning home from being out found smoke issuing from the structure in the area of the kitchen and attempted to extinguish the fire, when this attempt failed the resident went to a neighbors to get another fire extinguisher. At this point the fire had progressed past the use of a household extinguisher and 911 was notified. Upon arrival units reported heavy fire issuing from the left side and attic of the structure. The initial attack was performed with two 1¾” interior attack lines to suppress the fire. Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) were employed to check for extension of the fire. The aggressive attack contained the fire to primarily the kitchen, living room and attic with heat and smoke damage to the bedroom areas. Continue reading Structure Fire in the North Middletown Section of Middletown

Hotel Tides to Host Gift Card Exchange to Benefit Garden State Equality

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In January, 2017 the Hotel Tides will host a gift card exchange on behalf of Garden State Equality (GSE). Throughout the month, the Tides will be accepting gift cards as gift certificates. These cards will be donated to GSE so that they can purchase needed supplies, equipment and other pertinent materials to help their organization continue to operate. The GSE recently made Asbury Park its home with a location on Main Street.

Founded in 2004, Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s leading civil rights organization ensuring quality of life for the LGBT community through education, advocacy, service and support.

Throughout January, 2017 patrons who bring in a gift card valued between $15 and $50 will receive $15 off their entire check. Anything higher than $50 value will get $25 off their check. This will only be applicable at the bar and may not be combined with any other offers and/or discounts.
“Garden State Equality works every day to ensure our kids are safe from bullying in schools, that LGBT seniors can live their fullest lives, and that everyone receives health care coverage. These are just a few ways New Jersey’s largest LGBT organization makes New Jersey a more equal place for all.”
– Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality

The Hotel Tides is open Wednesday-Sunday from 5pm-11pm, and is located at 408 7th Ave. in Asbury Park.

Please contact Ryan Jimenez at 732-897-7744 or via email at [email protected] if you would like more information regarding this event.

“Safe Care Cam” Program Loans Micro-Surveillance Cameras to Detect In-Home Healthcare Abuse

njag chha capture1TRENTON, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a new program designed to ensure that New Jersey residents who suspect their loved ones are being abused by unscrupulous home health care providers have access to the latest technology in micro-surveillance cameras that can easily be hidden to detect abuse and protect patients.

The “Safe Care Cam” program makes micro-surveillance cameras available for free 30-day loans to anyone who suspects their loved one is being abused or neglected by home health aides or other in-home caregivers who spend long hours alone with a disabled or elderly person. The footage captured by the hidden device will either quell people’s fears or provide them with proof that immediate protective intervention is necessary.

“Anyone who suspects a loved one is being abused by an in-home caregiver should not be left to feel helpless or without recourse,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Cameras don’t lie, and the abuses they’ve revealed are shocking.  But a quality micro-surveillance camera is expensive and many people simply can’t afford them. So we’re offering the use of these cameras free of charge to those who wish to confirm that their loved ones are safe and well cared for in their absence. We hope that the Safe Care Cam program will provide peace of mind for family members, while at the same time serving as a strong deterrent and reminder to unscrupulous care providers that we will prosecute their cases aggressively.”

“Our Safe Care Cam program will empower consumers to become their loved-ones’ front-line protectors against abuse and neglect,” said Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “At the first sign of trouble, they can immediately remove their loved one from harm and report the caregiver to the proper authorities.”

Attorney General Porrino unveiled the Safe Care Cam program today at a press conference that included hidden-camera footage of three in-home healthcare providers abusing patients; a 26-year-old bed-bound man on a ventilator who was handled roughly and slapped, a 91-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease who was roughed up while being fed by her caregiver, and an elderly woman who fell to the floor and was ignored by the caregiver sitting beside her.

The shocking footage underscores the mission behind Safe Care Cam – to address the public’s growing concern about caregiver abuse as more and more consumers choose in-home care as a more-affordable alternative to the escalating cost of placing elderly, disabled, or infirm family members in long-term facilities or nursing homes.

For most people, choosing an in-home caregiver is an important decision fraught with concern that the person they’ve hired, no matter how qualified, will mistreat their loved one. And with secretly recorded video of abuse gaining circulation in news accounts and on social media, more and more people are taking a close look at whom they have hired.

In New Jersey, the growing demand for in-home care has been answered primarily by the state’s Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides (CHHAs), who work under the direction of registered professional nurses to provide health-related or personal care services in the homes of clients who are elderly, sick, or disabled. In the last decade the number of CHHAs certified to work in the state has increased from 26,618 to 43,506. As the number of CHHAs grows, and more homes open their doors to them, the potential for abuse and other patient-related crimes increases.

While the vast majority of CHHAs provide compassionate, appropriate care, data indicates that incidents of disciplinary actions against them have been rising. Since January, the State Board of Nursing, which oversees CHHAs, has revoked, suspended, or otherwise disciplined nearly 300 CHHAs for alleged criminal activities on or off the job. Those alleged crimes include criminal sexual contact, assault, theft, and stolen identity. Those statistics represent a significant increase from 2015, when close to 200 CHHAs were disciplined, and from 2014, when nearly 140 were disciplined. While not all of the alleged crimes were committed against patients, they indicate a rise in dangerous behaviors that could put patients at risk.

More and more, individuals who lodge complaints against homecare providers are buttressing their allegations with hidden camera footage, evidence that greatly increases the chance of substantiating allegations of wrongdoing. 
Recognizing that quality cameras can run as high as $300, Attorney General Porrino and the Division initiated the Safe Care Cam program to make cameras and memory cards, purchased by the Division, available on loan to consumers free of charge.

Individuals seeking to participate in the Safe Care Cam program must provide contact and residence information, a copy of their driver’s license or other identification, and personally pick up the camera after undergoing a brief training by Division investigators. Cameras will be available for pickup at Division offices in either Newark or Cherry Hill, and will be loaned for up to 30 days, unless a reasonable request for additional time is made to the Division.

Once the cameras are in place, it will be up to participants to review the recorded footage, which can be played on a television or computer with adapters provided by the Division. It is up to the participant to decide to report any issues of concern to the Division or other appropriate authorities.

Individuals who wish to participate in the Safe Care Cam program can call 973-504-6375 and leave a message in a voice mailbox that will be regularly monitored by Division staff responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program. Or they can call the Division on its toll-free line below and follow the voice prompts to leave a message.

Patients who believe that they have been treated by a licensed health care professional in an inappropriate manner can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.